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Wainstein attacks Sacco for Republican ties

By Nikita Biryukov, May 07 2019 12:49 pm

North Bergen mayoral candidate Larry Wainstein hit back at Mayor Nick Sacco after the latter attempted to link the challenger to former Gov. Chris Christie Monday.

“Sacco is at it again, telling the public one thing and doing another,” Wainstein said, “Sacco is working in lockstep with Christie’s best friend and closest political ally to bring a Power Plant to North Bergen. Furthermore, Sacco’s running mate Frank Gargiulo is a lifelong Republican and the Chairman of the North Bergen Republican Party.  Gargiulo supported Christie and Kim Guadagno and he is an active supporter of Donald Trump.”

Gargiulo, a former Republican assemblyman and former Hudson County Republican chairman, serves as North Bergen’s public works commissioner. He’s running on a slate with Sacco, who is seeking reelection along with all four of the city’s incumbent commissioners.

Wainstein also took aim at Jeffrey Chiesa, a former U.S. Senator who was appointed by Christie to fill U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s seat after the latter died of pneumonia in 2013, over his push for a power plant in North Bergen.

“Sacco and Gargiulo are the poster children for reckless disregard of taxpayers’ money. Now they are acting with reckless disregard for the health, welfare, and safety of the public by working with Christie’s pals to build a Power Plant that will dump 6.4 million pounds of toxic chemicals into our water, air, and soil every single year,” Wainstein said.

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5 thoughts on “Wainstein attacks Sacco for Republican ties

  1. Why is Nick Sacco excited to have a huge polluting power plant built in North Bergen?

    He doesn’t want people to know that he needs many millions of dollars to pay for an expensive blunder he made in 2001, when he illegally moved the North Bergen preschool into Hudson County’s Braddock Park.

    NJ DEP Green Acres has penalized North Bergen for this blunder, requiring the township to buy 3+ acres of land and to convert it to new park land. This alone will cost millions, between land acquisition, conversion and maintenance costs.
    The new park being built at 1811 Paterson Plank Rd. is one such new park that residents are getting; thank NJ DEP Green Acres for it, not Nick Sacco.

    Green Acres told North Bergen the preschool must be moved out of Braddock Park by 08-31-2021, another big expense.

    This required move is what triggered North Bergen’s $60+ million acquisition of the Old Hi-Tech HS, and the realignment of the entire school system.

    This plan has North Bergen taxpayers “on the hook” to pay off $34 million of the bond.

    Taxpayers must also pay to restore the Braddock Park to its pre-preschool condition.

    The power plant idea is Nick Sacco’s current blunder. The power plant will endanger the health of people and animals, cause destruction to the environment and ecosystem, adversely affect the climate and lower home values.

    The power plant will pay a meager $5 million/year in PILOT payments to the township and will contribute nothing to the North Bergen school system.
    Nick Sacco has said the Township will transfer some of the township’s revenue to the BOE, but where is the legal agreement stating this and how much?

    North Bergen can find a better tenant for this 15-20 acre site, one that can provide revenue to the Township AND the BOE and not be a threat to everything around it, such as the proposed power plant.

    1. “Taxpayers must also pay to restore the Braddock Park to its pre-preschool condition.”

      Its in the back of a fenced in turfed football field that the town occupies & they are movable trailers……what cost are you speaking about?

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